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John Romano column: Now, Jim Greer is ready to talk

Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer stands for a portrait at the Gulf Correctional Institution in Wewahitchka in September 2013.

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Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer stands for a portrait at the Gulf Correctional Institution in Wewahitchka in September 2013.

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Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano writes a column about how the book "The Chairman," about former Republican Party of Florida chairman Jim Greer, is up for pre-sale on Amazon (buy it before they charge sales tax in Florida starting Thursday). He even talked to author Peter Golenbock. An excerpt:

If Greer, 51, wants us to believe his soon-to-be-published stories of shenanigans and betrayals, then he needs to fully explain why he wasn’t willing to defend himself in a courtroom. And why he let those supposed scoundrels off the hook in 2013.

For a man whose credibility is already worn thin, it is essential that he come clean about any circumstances that caused him to change his tune on the eve of his trial. Otherwise, his claims will be as suspect as his motivations.

According to Amazon’s website, where the Orlando Sentinel first discovered the book’s existence, The Chairman is a “Shakespearean tale of friendship and betrayal to rival Hamlet.’’ The blurb describes Charlie Crist as Greer’s benefactor and also the man who eventually stabbed him in the back.

Author Peter Golenbock, a St. Petersburg resident with numerous best sellers on his resume, was coy about the book on Monday. He said the interviews with Greer were done after the guilty plea but before he entered prison.

[Last modified: Monday, April 28, 2014 6:45pm]

    

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